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Arnold’s Meat and Three: a Nashville treasure in great food

March 31, 2011 § 1 Comment


I am a big fan of Arnold’s and have considered my visits over the years as more of a treat than just getting something for lunch.  No matter if you call it southern cooking, comfort food, or country fixins – you can be sure to call it Nashville’ Best Meat and Three!  Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a long-time fixture on 8th Avenue South earning its esteemed reputation via word of mouth from Nashvillians and visitors alike.  There is no need to spend money on advertising for this eatery as individuals, print articles, and internet blogs over the years take care of that necessity of operating a small business.  

WHAT TO EXPECT.  A long line is always a good sign as a testimonial for good food.  Don’t be discouraged as you will move quickly through the line and approach the counter.  Take these moments to enjoy the atmosphere.  Standing in line you will notice the walls are filled with numerous photos, signatures, and articles from over the years touting praises and loyalty.  Laughter and conversation is abounding as good people from all walks of life talk about daily living and hot topics.  As you take your steps forward and get close to the counter take note of the very friendly staff (many have stayed with Arnold’s for numerous years) as you can hear them helping the customers decide on what goodies to eat.  This will be a good time to see if there are any tables available and decide if you will be eating sitting down or taking your food to go. 

FOOD!  Oh my, the aroma alone is worth the visit!  The food is prepared fresh each day with the best ingredients.  Each day offers a slightly different menu with a few meats to choose from and a vast selection of sides.  You can also treat yourself to the homemade pies.  What do you like?  All homemade, all delicious! – Meats: roast beef, liver and onions, fried chicken, carved ham, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, fried whole catfish, BBQ pork, baked chicken and dressing, chicken livers, country fried steak, fried shrimp; Sides: green beans, various types of greens, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, creamed corn, fried apples, boiled potatoes, white beans, boiled cabbage, candied yams, salads, black eyed peas, baked squash (casserole), fried or stewed okra, fried green tomatoes; Desserts: pies, pies, pies of chocolate, fudge, lemon, banana, coconut, buttermilk, chess, pecan, icebox; banana or bread pudding.  This is a list of what you may find depending on the day that you visit.  My favorites:  roast beef, fried chicken, country fried steak, fried catfish, chicken and dressing, greens, pintos, fried green tomatoes, green beans, and squash casserole. 

BUSINESS HOURS.  Let’s go to Arnold’s!  Get there early or past 1:30 p.m.!  As you approach the restaurant you will see that the parking lot is full but you will find a spot as the lunchtime business is fast-pace and many people like to order their food to go.  Monday-Friday; 10:30 am – 2:45 pm.  Price Range $6-$12 (depending on add-ons). 

CONTACT.  Arnold’s – 605 8th Avenue South – Nashville, Tennessee 37203 – (615) 256-4455

Author:  Kenneth Bargers,

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